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Memories of a last Christmas together – priceless

Christmas 2012

St. Gemma’s Hospice

Please support St. Gemma’s 12 Days of Christmas Appeal This year as you prepare your own home and buy presents for friends and family, please consider an extra gift – the gift of time for families to spend one last Christmas together. This gift doesn’t need wrapping but could mean so much. There are 4 easy ways to give £10 and support the St. Gemma’s Hospice 12 Days of Christmas Appeal : By Internet : To make an online donation visit and click on ‘12 Days of Christmas’ By Phone :

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Please send your donation (cheques made payable to : St. Gemma’s Hospice) and details to : 12 Days Appeal, St. Gemma’s Hospice, Freepost NEA9320, Moortown, Leeds, LS17 7YY

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Dear Readers, Well, in this issue I am quite happy to say ‘Merry Christmas’! It is December after all. If you have all taken our advice you will be decidedly chilled out, enjoying Christmas shopping at neat little local gift shops, and indulging in various treats along the way to keep your strength up. This month we’d like to take indulgence a little further – having bought the gifts, thoughts turn to special, seasonal food. Where better to find taste sensations than at the many superb foodie markets and delis around Leeds? We give you a few tips to start you on your Christmas Foodie Adventure. Plus there are some excellent suggestions for beer and wine.




Cover David Robertson as the reborn Scrooge Photo: David McGuire



Christmas is a Time to Indulge Your Inner Gourmand!

Take in some of the fabulous foodie markets around Leeds and discover some wonderful treats and gifts.

We have a chat with David Nixon, Northern Ballet’s multi talented artistic director as he starts rehearsals for The Great Gatsby, and we dive into Wardrobe at The West Yorkshire Playhouse to see how things are coming along for Wind in the Willows. We are looking forward to January, when it will be all change here at NLL. Firstly we will be combining our two issues covering LS6, LS16 and LS18, and launching a brand new magazine for LS7, LS8 and LS17 – Chapel Allerton, Moortown, Alwoodley and Roundhay. So, spread the news and encourage your friends in those areas to send us their news and notices. It’s a bit of an early deadline this time because of Christmas – 30th November for advertising and as soon as possible for editorial! Kind regards

Carole, Jack and the team

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Another fabulous family day out is anticipated when Otley Victorian Fayre takes over the Otley town centre on 9th December


David Nixon: A Passion for Dance and Design

We chat to Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director about costume, dance and The Great Gatsby



The Wind in the Willows The team in Wardrobe at West Yorkshire Playhouse are flat out preparing stunning costumes for their Christmas Show

Otley Victorian Fayre



Local Books to Look Out for This Christmas We flag up books by local authors that could make nice presents

Three Cheers for Christmas Theatre of the Dales returns to HEART with three short seasonal plays, one funny, one touching, one mysterious

Children’s Laureate Visits Ralph Thoresby

Julia Donaldson, author of over 150 books including ‘The Gruffalo’, comes to Holt Park







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Once again Otley is set to become a wonderful, pedestrian only, safe location for a fabulous family day out when the 27th Otley Victorian Fayre takes over the town centre on Sunday 9th December, from 12 noon – 6pm. There will be over 80 stalls selling anything and everything for Christmas, an indoor area in The Black Horse Stable Yard featuring beautiful handmade crafts, hog roasts, reindeer, Punch and Judy shows, Morris dancers, carol singing by local schools as well as 06 December 2012 |

adult choirs, street entertainers, roasted chestnuts, Father Christmas in his grotto, a small traditional fairground and much more. The event attracted over 16,000 visitors last year with many turning up in great Victorian costumes determined to get into the spirit of the Fayre. Entry is free so bring the family, dust off your Victorian costume and join in the fun.,

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The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) is offering an insight into its fascinating work. Local businesses and community groups are invited to book a presentation to hear all about what this innovative charity is doing.Find out about its aims, its helicopter and crew, and its plans for the future. “This is a great opportunity to get a real insight into The Children’s Air Ambulance service and what goes on behind the scenes of this lifesaving charity”, said Tracy Grunwell, Head of Fundraising. “We’re constantly growing and evolving and would like to let people know how they can get involved in their local area.”

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To arrange for a presentation, please call The Children’s Air Ambulance on 08454130999 or email enquiries@ If you would be interested in becoming a dedicated volunteer speaker for Children’s Air Ambulance, they would love to hear from you.

CAROLS AT LEFT BANK LEEDS This year Left Bank on Cardigan Road is holding two Carol services. The first – Nine Lessons and Carols – is on Sunday 9th December from 6 – 7.15pm, and is a ‘pure’ choral service with readings. Leeds Guild of Singers will lead the singing and Left Bank will be beautifully dressed for the occasion. In addition, there will be an exhibition of Advent art and lashings of mulled wine! Early booking is advised. 08 December 2012 |

This will be followed by a family-friendly Carol Service, specially designed for the under-12s, on Sunday 16th December from 4 – 5pm, and every child will receive a Christingle (please book child tickets so they have an idea of numbers). Left Bank in December can be on the nippy side even though it is heated, so bring an extra jumper just in case. For full details, visit


Recently the Aireborough Fundraising Group for Marie Curie organised the planting of 2,500 daffodil bulbs in Springfield Park, Guiseley. These bulbs will provide a beautiful Field of Hope next spring for everyone. The event was supported by local councillor, Paul Wadsworth and Guiseley in Bloom. Planting took place over two mornings with additional help from staff of Waitrose in Otley and children from St. Oswald’s Junior School. Everybody’s help was greatly appreciated, especially in the cold and damp weather.


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NEWS FROM YOUR COUNCILLORS THE ADEL Councillor Clive Fox Adel & Wharfedale Ward

It’s that time of year again. No, nothing to do with Yuletide and Christmas shopping, but with the appearance of the Annual Community Safety Report. This carries crime statistics and a run down of what’s being done to counter crime and antisocial behaviour in our part of Leeds. It’s all good stuff. We read about things like multi-agency action days and Operations Optimal and Alaska – where do they get the names from? Optimal relates to a detailed analysis of where recent burglaries have taken place to help plan police deployment and Alaska concerns the targeting of those travelling metal merchants checking whether they have appropriate insurance for their vehicles and the necessary waste carrier’s licence. Anyway the important thing is that crime is tending downwards, though the figures do reveal a 79% rise in thefts from vehicles in Adel & Wharfedale ward. Many of these took place at Lawnswood Crematorium but a recent arrest has at least led to a dramatic reduction in offences. Nevertheless the

message remains – don’t leave valuables including presents on display in vehicles – and by the way, it’s not a bad idea to lock your car whilst you are at it. Community safety also involves the fire service which tell us, via a consultation document, that funding cuts mean they are going to have to reorganise. Their plans for West Yorkshire include a number of proposed closures including both Cookridge and Moortown fire stations. In their place, phoenix like, a brand new fire station will rise somewhere close to the A660/Ring Road roundabout. The changes mean that countywide it will take on average 23 seconds longer for the brigade to reach you. However, there has been an encouraging 29% fall overall in the number of emergency incidents attended in the past five years. And here’s something you didn’t know – make of it what you will, but we are told that the Cookridge and Moortown fire engines are operationally active only 4.7% and 6.34% of the time respectively. But back for a moment to those Christmas presents. Have you thought about a smoke alarm as a last minute stocking filler? Better still, contact the fire service and you might even get one fitted for free. Green Doctor

Councillor Barry Anderson Adel & Wharfedale Ward

Moss on Pavements I have asked the Chief Officer from the Council’s Environment Action Department about introducing a policy to deal with moss removal, and requested that they work with Highways, following an increase in complaints about moss on pavements. The problem may have worsened recently due to the wet Summer. The problem appears to be particularly bad in my ward, possibly due to the many bushes and trees that align the highways, and specifically where overhanging hedges have been cut back, leaving a strip of moss on the pavement beneath. This makes the footpath extremely slippery, and dangerous. Unfortunately, legislation limits the strength of any herbicides that can be used, so the current method of removal is to scrape the moss off. This often removes the surface of the footway as well. I have been assured that officers across all relevant departments are willing to work together to deal with this. 10 December 2012 |

In the current Unitary Development Plan The Green Doctor is a free service provided by local charity ‘Groundwork’. To take advantage of the services Green Doctor offers, you need to be on a low income and either over 60, registered disabled, or have children under 16 living with you. Following an initial assessment, the Green Doctor can install energy saving measures like energy efficient light bulbs, draught excluders, hot water tank jackets, reflective radiator panels, TV and computer ‘power downs’, all free of charge. To contact the Green Doctor call 0113 238 0601 or email Policing Updates I have been advised of a number of actions recently. Firstly, seating in the Asda Mall is to be removed to reduce anti-social behaviour. Following complaints about speeding, Police have deployed the Speed Indicator Device (SID) on Tinshill Road and Adel Lane where 15 vehicles were speeding, and Sir George Martin Drive, where three were speeding. A number of arrests have been made in connection with burglaries at Holt Park Leisure Centre and the school. And, lastly, nuisance offences involving people riding motorcycles around inappropriately have been dealt with using a Behaviour Contract.

ASSOCIATION We are now in dialogue with David Wilson Homes as they have begun to clear the land and build the first show houses on ‘Centurion Fields’. They are responding well to issues raised and attempting to minimise environmental impact. It was a shock to discover that they have also bought the neighbouring field. If Leeds City Council turn over the current PAS designation in favour of development, what most of us in Adel dread will happen and there will be many more houses built opposite our Church. This could happen quite quickly, before completion of the new Neighbourhood Plan, which almost certainly would include keeping these fields as a designated area of historical significance. The recommendations of a Neighbourhood Plan cannot overturn a LCC decision. We will monitor this very closely through our councillors and may need significant local support to prevent it happening. We have met with a number of Council personnel about the development at Eastmoor. It was good to hear that the new secure school will only be slightly bigger than the existing building. There is still the dilemma of attracting a developer for the rest of the site – permission has been granted to build nearly 100 new houses there. We need to do that or more Greenfield areas may be turned over for development. Councillor Anderson and I have been in touch with our local Co-op on Otley Road and have agreed a way to provide four new car parking spaces. The parking situation is still a mess. All we can do is improve it as best as we can. The post office and the Co-op are too valuable to lose. The Neighbourhood Plan team will update us on development at our meetings. There is an excellent project team in place and they hope to have a plan to put to Adel residents in 18 months. We meet on the third Thursday of the month, 7.30pm in The Stables, Back Church Lane. There is no meeting in December. Dr Barrie Hopson Chairman, Adel Association

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As part of a major campaign called Foster4Leeds, Leeds City Council is asking businesses, local organisations, and website owners to help them recruit more foster carers. The aim of ‘Foster a Banner’ campaign is to spread the message to as wide an audience as possible. Organisations can download an ad in a range of sizes and then upload it to their own site. The Council urgently needs more foster carers who will make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in the city. There are currently over 1,430 children in Council care, but there are not enough foster carers to look after them all. “To achieve our ambition to become a Child Friendly City, we need businesses across the city to get on board and show their support”, said Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services. “This campaign is an innovative way to get this important message to as wide an audience as possible.” Leeds children’s services has set itself the ambitious target of recruiting 200 new foster carers over the next two years to meet the needs of its looked after children, and replace retiring foster carers. There is currently an urgent demand for carers who can foster babies and young children; these carers need to be able to foster full time, be non-smokers and have a spare bedroom. Leeds City Council welcomes enquiries from people of all religions, races, genders and sexuality. Foster carers can be married, single, in a relationship, divorced, widowed, employed or unemployed. They can work part or full time, however working arrangements must be child and family friendly.

BE OUR GUEST The Gusto Christmas Menu is available throughout December. To book, please ask your waiter, pop in and see us or just call. Bookings for parties of 10 people or more quote ‘North Leeds Life’ to receive a £60 voucher for Gusto Cookridge 2013. A £10 deposit per person is required.*

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Somehow, over the years, we have been persuaded that Christmas food consists of turkey, all the trimmings and Christmas pudding. Strapped for time, we give in, dash to the nearest supermarket and shop like crazy people, as if our lives depended on it. This year, think again!

ENJOY A FORAY TO FARMERS’ MARKETS I don’t mean abandon the traditional meal – but let’s think outside the turkey. There has never been a better time in North Leeds to indulge your inner foodie. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to food and farmers’ markets around Leeds. You could take in one, even two, every week! And, that’s not mentioning Leeds Kirkgate Market, which, of course, is open six days a week. Briggate, Headingley, Kirkstall, Oakwood, Horsforth, Bramhope, Otley and Burley in Wharfedale all have regular markets and around Christmas they really come into their own. Not only will you find organic meat and veg, the array of local cheeses, fabulous cakes, tasty jams and chutneys is amazing. There are spice, soup, and curry stalls; pork, venison and ostrich; endless varieties of sausages and Yorkshire chorizo; and delicious sounding prepared meals ready just to pop in a microwave. 12

CANADIAN DESSERTS We fell for Fayre by Alley’s Nanaimo Bars (a Canadian dessert treat) some time ago. She has some seasonal sensations lined up for Christmas - including Krimbo (mince tart flavour), Christmas Kracker (brandy-soaked Christmas cake with nutmeg & cinnamon) and Snowball (Advocaat, lemon & lime zest). Drop in to 137 Kirkstall Lane, LS5 and cast an eye over her gift packs or visit www.fayrebyalley. Fayre by Alley

SAINTS PRESERVE US! These markets are also some of the best places to find jams, preserves and chutneys. Two that we have come across recently are Mornington House ( ) from Ilkley at Oakwood Market, and Fancy That From Wharfedale (www.fancythatfromwharfedale. com) at Kirkstall Deli Market. They use local ingredients to create super combinations and flavours. What’s more, they have some really lovely gift packs.

This Christmas at Cranberries

Luxury Yorkshire chocolates Christmas cards and gift wrap Christmas gifts Novelty decorations – great retro gifts Hampers – come in and create your own or pick one of our popular hampers Pies, cheeses, crackers Mulled wine & Christmas mead Cider, wine & local beers Outdoor catering Or why not just pop in for a lovely coffee and a sticky bun!

We would like to wish everyone a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year! CRANBERRIES 471 Otley Road, Adel Tel: 0113 230 0293


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About a year ago the Leeds cheese club Homage2Fromage (www. burst onto the scene, officially allowing everyone to unleash their inner cheese beast! The club has introduced people to some of the most fantastic cheeses at its monthly meetings, together with local cheese-makers and other cheese aficionados. There was a time when Yorkshire cheese was rare as hens’ teeth – now you’ll find it at local markets, good delis like Millie’s in Leeds, Haley & Clifford on Street Lane (70 different varieties for Christmas!), Cranberries in Adel, Pookie & Grumps in Horsforth, and The Source at Leeds Market.

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THE SOURCE OF ALL THINGS YORKSHIRE Speaking of The Source – this is a stall at the top of the market, just by the entrance from George Street, that sells 100% Yorkshire products. Different local food businesses operate from here on different days. These include The Greedy Pig on Mondays with their fabulous pulled pork, George & Joseph Cheesemongers, (www., The Yummi Yank with her exceedingly tall cakes, more cakes from Pin-up’s Pantry, and Mr Peshwari with his range of Asian foods from bahjis to Asian burgers. Plus, George & Joseph have added pickles, chutneys, cheese boards, knives and hampers. They have even sourced Yorkshire biscuits to go with all that lovely cheese.


DELIGHTFUL DELIS Delis are always a good place to start when you are looking for fodder for your inner gourmand. The Natural Food Store on North Lane in Headingley may not be a ‘deli’ per se but it does have a fantastic variety of interesting foods – from everything you need for Christmas baking to gluten and wheat free items, vegan and vegetarian products, teas, freshly baked breads and lots, lots more. The new Nichols Vegetarian Deli in Chapel Allerton is determined to indulge the vegetarians and vegans of North Leeds. The award-winning Haley & Clifford on Street Lane stocks some of the best Yorkshire products, as well as exciting ingredients from around the world. Just in for Christmas are Lauden Chocolates, handmade in Leeds and works of art in their own right. Yorkshire Biscotti from The Tiny Cake Company in Thirsk, and Mulled Cider Syrup infused with clove, star anise, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla – just add to dry cider or apple juice and enjoy! Cranberries in Adel is packed with wonderful foods, wines and gifts – with hampers, Mulled Wine and Mead making a special appearance for Christmas, plus great cheeses, pies and cakes. To assuage your inner Italian, drop in to Salvo’s Salumeria on Otley Road in Headingley. You’ll find a fantastic array of Italian products. Salvo’s make regular trips to Italy to source unique and exclusive products and are the sole importers of many of these. They offer sampling, ideas and inspiration for what to use and how to cook it and will make up wonderful artisan hampers to order.

Take-Away Deli Canadian Desserts Catering Breakfasts • Coffee & Teas Handmade Sandwiches • Elevenses Nanaimo Bars & other Sweet Treats Featuring products from local Yorkshire producers 137 Kirkstall Lane, Leeds LS5 3LF (Between Headingley Train Station & Queenswood Drive)

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GO FISHING! OK let’s make a drastic change and opt for a fabulous fishy Christmas! Oysters, dressed crab, lobster, Loch Fyne smoked salmon. Where? The freshest and best prices are at Hayes in the 1976 Hall at Leeds Kirkgate Market. Don’t know how to dress a crab? Luckily they do! Friendly advice and great tips on serving shellfish is readily available. If you fancy trying monkfish, halibut, various exotic fish, or tackling a whole salmon – try R Bethells on fishmongers row. The same family has run this stall for 100 years, so they know a thing or two! Just ask – I’ve had some great recipes from Liz and Joe. In fact, you’ll find one on our website.

HAYES SEAFOODS Family Run Business Since 1984 Suppliers of Fresh Yorkshire Sourced Crabs and Fresh Irish Oysters from Family Businesses on the East Coast and Ireland Freshly boiled East Coast dressed crab Freshly boiled East Coast crab meat and crab claws Loch Fyne smoked salmon and Bradon Rost products Fresh Irish oysters, shucked and served with fresh lemon & Tabasco Greenland prawns, Leigh-on-Sea cockles and English whelks

IT’S MORE THAN RAW FISH, YOU KNOW! Sushi makes great party food and Sushiboy supplies freshly made sushi for parties and events. And it’s not just raw fish – Sushiboy also does meat and veggie platters. For Christmas try Duck a L’Orange, Smoked Salmon & cream cheese, Turkey & Cranberry, and Goat’s cheese, pear & walnut. Check out www.

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BEER’S NOT JUST FOR BARBECUES! Winter! It’s finally here, and the longer nights feel tailor-made for cocooning in the warmth of an enormous armchair with a glass of something fortifying to hand. If, like me, you feel that your palate changes with seasons, then right about now you’ll be hankering for something rich and sweet. People are for some reason scared of dark beers – how can any liquid that obscures the light be anything other than forbidding? However, rather than taste bitter and burnt, darker beers can have surprising, fruity depths. A classic example would be Anchor Porter, from San Francisco’s Anchor Brewery, a luscious slab of liquid malt loaf, full of sweet vinous fruits. Keeping it Stateside, Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout is all intense dark chocolate and espresso-mocha flavours. Pair with any creamy dessert – vanilla ice cream, crème brulée – for a contrast that will blow anyone’s mind.

Closer to home, exotic delights from Denmark’s Mikkeller include a spiced porter, full of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a fruit beer based on the Danish dessert risalamande. If you thought beer was all about malt and hops, this one also includes sugar, cherries, rice and almonds. And of course, every British brewery makes a winter warmer – slightly darker, slightly stronger, slightly more satisfying than their regular brews. The Elf range from Ridgeway Brewing starts with Bad Elf at 4.5%abv and goes through Very Bad Elf and Criminally Bad Elf, peaking at 11.2%abv with Insanely Bad Elf. Beer’s not just for barbecues – spend a bit more, use nice glassware, and turn a humble treat into an everyday luxury!

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as Headingley Market on the second Saturday of each month, the group now also attends Horsforth Market on the first Saturday.

Country Markets are about to celebrate their first anniversary at Headingley Farmers’ Market. Just last year this group of women (aged between 21 and 81!) who love making and baking, got together to bring back the stall of homemade treats previously provided by Otley Country

This Christmas, you can even order hampers filled with a variety of the things that you would find on their stall and other Christmas treats baked to order. For more information about the group, or to order a hamper, email

Markets and wowed everyone with their stall brimming with Christmas cakes and mince pies. The group brings all sorts of treats to the market each month including cakes, pies, biscuits, jams, chutneys, tarts and other sweet treats. As well




The Leeds organic wine company Vinceremos recently took top prize for the third time in four years at the Soil Association Food Awards 2012. We thought we’d ask owner Jem Gardener what wines he might recommend for Christmas.

might be slower coming than the wine’s transformation into vinegar! Jem Gardener

But my own leftfield recommendation is a German Pinot Noir that you’ll find labelled ‘Spätburgunder’ and which could equally be labelled ‘best kept secret’. See if you can find one made from late harvested and thus riper ‘Auslese’ grapes.

“Today we are utterly spoilt for choice when selecting wine for Christmas and the holidays. The possibilities are endless! Champagne starts the day off in many households (sometimes alarmingly early!), with or without the addition of orange juice – personally I prefer the juice separately, unless the champagne is unspeakable. Prosecco or a good Spanish Cava offer good and much cheaper alternatives.

You could do worse than choose the wine trade’s favourite – Pinot Noir, available in light and elegant style from Burgundy, fuller and riper from New Zealand, Australia and Chile. Other current favourites include the evergreen Rioja, Ribera del Duero or even the taste sensation that is Priorat – what was that about ‘rustic’ Spanish wines? Italy offers

Christmas also offers a great opportunity to indulge in some luscious dessert wines. This really adds to the feeling of a midwinter feast. Any sweetie made from Muscat (Moscato in Italy) is a good place to start, as well as a Monbazillac or even a golden Sauternes. These will be perfect with a tasty Yorkshire cheese too! Joyeux Noël!” Check out their range at

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For the meal itself the choice is limitless. I like to take the opportunity to drink one of the wines I’ve been saving for the ‘right occasion’. However, I’ve learnt the hard way that the right occasion

fantastic Tuscan reds like Chianti Classico, and the pricier Brunello, or maybe a ‘super Tuscan’, a heavyweight wine of high quality made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon.

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CARING FOR LIFE’S IMPRESSIVE NEW GRANARY OPENS The launch of the new Granary at Crag House Farm on Otley Old Road, Cookridge, marks the second phase of a social enterprise run by Caring For Life, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

and dedication of the team behind the conversion, the barn has been transformed into one of our most significant assets. The new Granary will play a big part in helping us make a difference to the lives of many more people who are likely to need our help.”

Caring For Life to double the number of places in its catering academy.

The building will be home to a cafe and farm shop, the proceeds of which will help to cover the costs of the support, training and accommodation the charity offers to vulnerable, homeless young people in Leeds. The charity estimates it has helped around 4,000 vulnerable people to win back enough self-respect and belief to make a fresh start in life. The £1.44m conversion, opened recently by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, will allow

“We’re thrilled the project is finally complete,” said Caring For Life co-founder, Peter Parkinson. “Thanks to the skill

The Grade 2 Listed barn is thought to date back to the 16th Century and was probably originally used to store corn and as shelter for livestock. “It’s not the sort of project we get every day”, said Nick Silcock of Townscape Architects. “It’s been fascinating keeping aspects like the original oak beams as features in the new building.” Be sure to drop in to The Granary – lovely food to enjoy in the Café and the Farm Shop has a fantastic selection of fresh, locally produced treats, including CFL’s own beef, lamb, and eggs, a well stocked deli counter, cheeses to die for, and all kinds of confectionary and preserves. Open Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm. If you would like more information about their special Twilight Dining Evenings, call 0113 230 3600.


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On 18th November 1878 the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House opened its doors for the first time. Almost three thousand people stepped from the dark, cold November evening into the warmth and splendour of its glittering auditorium, richly glowing in crimson and gold, its stunning gilded plasterwork lit by a massive crystal chandelier with over 400 gas jets. The cream of Leeds society was there. After the official speeches, the charismatic young manager, Wilson Barrett, stepped forward to welcome them. Wilson Barrett was already well known in Leeds. Born William Henry Barrett, the son of an Essex farmer, he had begun his stage career in Halifax in 1864, aged 18, then had tramped over to Leeds to apply to join the company at the Princess Theatre, where he got his first lead roles. The company toured the northern theatres, and in Aberdeen he met and married the well-known actress Caroline Heath, ten years his senior. In the 1870s they acted together in several London productions, while he set up his own touring company. He specialised in popular melodrama – ‘villainy vanquished by virtue’. When he and Caroline played in ‘East Lynne’ in Leeds it brought the house down, drawing ‘floods of tears and piles of money’! An entrepreneur at heart, he moved into theatre management, first in Halifax and Hull and then in Leeds, where in 1874 he leased the old Amphitheatre in Lands Lane and reopened it with an ambitious programme. Two years later he lost everything in a disastrous fire, and Leeds was left without a theatre. When a company was formed to finance a new theatre for the town he was brought in as consultant. On that first night at the Grand, he was able to reassure the audience about the building’s safety in the dreaded event of fire. He also promised a programme that would not ‘bring a blush to the youngest girl’s cheek’. Many still viewed the theatre as immoral and unsavoury, and he wanted to attract all levels of society. He kept his promise, bringing 20 December 2012 |

the best of contemporary drama and actors to Leeds – Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, Sarah Bernhardt – and opera companies like the Carl Rosa Opera. He instituted a spectacular Christmas pantomime, a dazzling show that was eagerly anticipated each year. He always provided one performance free of charge for the workhouse inmates, with gifts of tobacco for the men (he got into trouble by providing beer the first year!), oranges for the women and sweets for the children. During the 1870s he and Caroline lived in Leeds, in a house in Beech Grove Terrace, Woodhouse, which became a focus for writers, artists and lovers of drama – W.S.Gilbert, George Grossmith, the playwright W.G.Wills, the painter Atkinson Grimshaw. But in the 1880s, after taking on the management of

the Princess’s Theatre in London, they moved to London. This was a period of great professional success for him, notably in the immensely popular melodrama ‘The Silver King’. The power and pathos of his performance in the lead role was much admired, even by the stern critic Matthew Arnold. He starred in other popular hits too, but some of his ventures were less successful and he ran into financial problems. He undertook a number of money-spinning tours in the USA, Canada and Australia, mostly to great acclaim. But he had to face family tragedies too: Caroline’s death after a long illness in 1887, and the later death of two of his five children. He frequently returned to Leeds, where he remained a great favourite. Whenever he arrived he was greeted by huge crowds at the railway station, and played to packed houses. Leeds, he said, was his ‘staunchest friend’. However in 1894, against his wishes, he lost the lease of the Grand Theatre, as the directors wanted someone Leedsbased. Over the following years he often came back on tour, and his most successful play, ‘The Sign of the Cross’, which he wrote himself, had its first British performance at the Grand in 1895. For a time it revived his fortunes. After further periods in London and on tour he was about to take on a further London theatre when he was taken ill with cancer and died in 1904, aged 58. He was a celebrity in his day – a fine actor with a commanding stage presence, an astute theatrical manager, the author or contributor to over thirty plays, and a generous mentor to his fellow actors. He attracted new audiences to the theatre and helped to establish the Grand as one of the foremost provincial theatres in the country.

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CHRIS CHITTELL LAUNCHES KNOW IT. CHECK IT. TREAT IT. CAMPAIGN A health campaign to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a serious lung disease, was launched recently by Emmerdale actor Chris Chittell. The campaign is being run by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust in collaboration with local healthcare professionals to help find potentially 14,383 people in the area who may unknowingly have the disease. Most people have heard of emphysema or chronic bronchitis, both of which are forms of COPD, which kills more people in the UK each year than either bowel, breast or prostate cancer. It is estimated that 28,500 people in Leeds have the disease, but 50% of those are unaware that they do.

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‘THUNDERBOLT’ IS A BLAST FROM THE PAST Old boys from Leeds Grammar School enjoyed a ride down memory lane when they were reunited with a model steam locomotive that was once an integral part of their life at school. ‘Thunderbolt’ was built by boys at the school in the late 1960s and became a regular attraction at events around Leeds, raising hundreds of pounds for charity. The school parted company with Thunderbolt in the early 1990s, and the engine fell into disuse until former pupil Mark Batchelor spotted it up for sale in 2011. Thanks to his enthusiasm and engineering skills, Thunderbolt is now well on its way to regaining its former glory and recently made a guest appearance at the Annual Leeds Model Railway Society Exhibition at The Grammar School at Leeds.

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“Although Thunderbolt is still a work in progress, it has brought back many happy memories”, said Mark. “I hope to have it in steam for our next visit.” A group of old boys gathered at the exhibition to reminisce and re-enact a photoshoot from 1975. Tristram Hope remembered the lasting legacy of teacher Ken Rosewarne who had originally set the wheels in motion for the Thunderbolt project. “He was a remarkable man, very practical and hands on in what was a very academic environment, providing a route for everyone to develop their skills and achieve success, whether or not through the traditional academic route.”

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DAVID NIXON: A PASSION FOR DANCE AND DESIGN I had never thought about costume design informing the choreography of a ballet but that’s the way it is for Northern Ballet’s artistic director, David Nixon. He has a passion for designing costumes – which hardly seems fair when he is also artistic director and choreographer! But then, think about some of Northern Ballet’s fabulous productions in the last year or so and you start to recognise the influences – the wonderful, almost architectural designs in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Madame Butterfly’s striking traditional Japanese touches. Knowing that David was starting work on their next big production – The Great Gatsby – I dropped in to see him and guess where he was….yes, in wardrobe! I pictured him festooned in chiffon and beads and wasn’t far wrong. He was quick to explain how the boxy-ness of twenties’ fashion didn’t present the best lines for dancers – so chiffon it is! The Great Gatsby will be the fourteenth new ballet that David has produced since arriving at Northern Ballet nearly 12 years ago. With a major new Baz Luhrmann film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan about to be released early in 2013, there couldn’t be a better time to stage the ballet. As David says: “it has everything for the making of a great ballet – a real American classic from an iconic era. A time of exuberance, indulgence, fashion, jazz.” In the last decade, Northern Ballet has built a reputation as one of the UK’s favourite ballet companies, producing and touring more full-length work than any other ballet company in the country. There is an energy about the company that seems to drive it on. There’s no resting on laurels. If they are not working on a major new production, they are rehearsing their touring repertoire, dancers are choreographing their own projects. “I grew up with the Balanchine model of just do it!” said David. “There is an excitement in creation. I believe

in taking the emphasis off ‘success’ and aiming to do a mixed repertoire, keeping dancers engaged and helping them to develop.” Funnily enough, I thought that touring would offer the company all kinds of opportunities to try out new work. “You have to be very careful when touring”, explained David. “People have certain expectations and look forward to par-

ticular ballets. It’s here in Leeds that we get to branch out and try new work. The Leeds audience has become much more open to new work over the years and I’m committed to developing new audiences for dance.” The Great Gatsby promises to be another spectacular production, I can’t wait to see it! It will be staged at The Grand Theatre from 2nd – 9th March 2013.

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS The uproarious adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and the irrepressible Mr Toad are about to be brought vibrantly to life at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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In what promises to be an exuberant new production of the classic family favourite, staged by former Playhouse Director, Ian Brown, from a new adaptation by Alan Bennett, the audience will enjoy the escapades of the riverbank creatures as they’ve never seen them before, thanks to the unique artistic vision of production designer, Colin Richmond.

This is Colin’s eleventh production for the Playhouse. He admits he was not overly familiar with Kenneth Grahame’s book and this has allowed him to take a fresh approach. The poster art for the production gives little away as to the look of this new staging, as the production had not begun to take shape when pre-publicity went to print. Colin says he wanted to avoid the show appearing old fashioned. The styling of the costumes, in particular, fuses the classic with the contemporary/modern and vintage. An exciting challenge, for both actor Paul Kemp and the diligent wardrobe department, is the character of Toad, who has eight or nine different looks, requiring two people to help Paul in and out of costumes. 28 December 2012 |

Deputy Head of Costume, Victoria Marzetti, oversees a team of eleven who have been working tirelessly on over sixty costumes needed for the cast of over 30 – including two teams of 10 children! Much of the work is done from scratch with some second hand garments adapted and customised. As the real work can only begin once the actors have arrived and started rehearsals, it’s a real race against the clock

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Leeds – in the 1730s Chris Nickson has produced four historical crime novels based in Leeds in the 1730s. The novels are set in a period when the wool trade was at its height and rich merchants ran the city through the Corporation. The quartet of books The Broken Token, Cold Cruel Winter, The Constant Lovers, and his most recent, Come The Fear, navigate the adventures of Richard Nottingham, constable of the city of Leeds. The books are as much about Leeds itself and relationships as about crime. The experiences of Nottingham and co are tangible tales mapping places we have all been to, walked through and talk about daily. This series of novels is perfect for those with a historical interest in Leeds. Readers are privy to the unique experience of seeing familiar haunts such as Kirstall Abbey and Roundhay through a 1730’s lens. Chris’s books are available from bookshops and on line. Further information Does Your Rabbi Know You Are Here – Anthony Clavane Anthony Clavane tells the story of Leeds United’s rise to prominence in his novel ‘Does Your Rabbi Know You Are Here.’ This tale, in many ways, is the story of the Leeds Jewish community. Clavane maps the intricate and fascinating world of Jewish footballers, fans, writers, middle men, directors and owners. He brings to life the epic journey from ghetto outsiders to FA insiders. As the community migrated from the streets of Chapeltown to the suburb of Moortown, United themselves became upwardly mobile, transformed from a struggling Second Division outfit to the most feared team in Europe. These are good-news stories about the unsung pioneers who played a key role in English football’s transformation from workingclass pursuit played in crumbling arenas to a global entertainment industry. This is not your conventional football saga but a gritty appraisal of the vibrant Jewish community in Leeds. Available from all good bookshops. 30 December 2012 |

Headingley ‘This Pleasant Rural village’

You may also be interested in ‘Year of the Celt: Imbolc’ – this is the first of four books about the struggle facing the ordinar y people of the Scevinge settlement (modern day Otley) in a rapidly changing world. Based entirely on real locations around Otley and Ilkley, the book has been written by Rob Godfrey, who lives in Otley. “Since coming to live in Otley I have often tried to imagine the lives and fate of the people who carved the stones, built the enclosures and earthworks that we can see all around us. So I wrote this book, offering a possible insight into how they lived 2,500 years ago.” The ebook is available in Kindle format from and there’s more information at Meanwood in Pictures

Every month in this magazine we enjoy tales about individuals who have made their mark on Leeds, thanks to Eveleigh Bradford’s tireless research. Once again we have copies of Eve’s fascinating history of the Headingley area, Headingley: This Pleasant Rural Village available here at the office. It is a beautifully presented book, full of interesting facts and people, period photographs and maps. It traces how Headingley grew in the 19C from a country village to a lively bustling centre. It would make a lovely Christmas present! Pick up your copy (paper back £13, hardback £20) from North Leeds Life offices at 265a Otley Road, LS16 5LN.

Another book of local interest is Meanwood Village Association’s Volume 4 of the great series ‘Meanwood in Pictures’, compiled by Peter Bewell, assisted by Anne Burgess, Bryn Evans and Doreen Wood. This final volume is a pictorial account of Meanwood since the Millennium. It features 346 photographs of local people, places and events, including the Blue Plaque commemorating Captain Lawrence Oates, the centenary of whose death was marked earlier this year. The book costs £10 and we have copies here. They are also available at Fobi’s in Meanwood.


In February 2013, Ilkley Camera Club will celebrate 60 years since its formation by a group of enthusiastic photographers in 1953. The key feature of the celebrations will be ‘Exposed’ – an exhibition at The Manor House Museum, Ilkley from 8th December 2012 to 24th February 2013. The exhibition promises to be a celebration of camera club achievements and a showcase of the work of its members. Over 100 prints are expected to be on display, together with a large number of digitally projected images and a review of camera developments throughout the 60 years of the camera club’s history. Ilkley Camera Club will hold free photographic workshops on most Saturdays throughout the period of the exhibition, covering basic camera skills, basic and more advanced computerbased, post-processing techniques and demonstrations of selected Photoshop techniques. Full details of the workshops will be available at www. from the end of November. With a membership in excess of 70 and a highly respected programme of activities and speakers, the club offers a supportive environment for new members and challenging

competitions and activities for all members. Having been nominated to represent The Yorkshire Photographic Union in five of the past eight national club competitions, which are run under the auspices of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, Ilkley can justifiably claim to be one

of the most successful camera clubs in Yorkshire during this period. The exhibition will be opened by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Counsellor Mike Gibbons at 2pm on 8th December.



One of Hilary Devey’s earliest memories, as a girl of about five, is being tipped off the sofa by two burly men who were stripping the family home following the failure of her father’s business. At the final event of Ilkley Literature Festival 2012, held at The Grammar School at Leeds, Hilary told the audience that from that time on her family led a rather nomadic existence in the pub trade with all hands to the pump. She thought this quite normal until she came to reflect on it in her memoir Bold as Brass. Interviewer Jane Beckwith, documentary maker and former Calendar News journalist, described Hilary’s book as an ‘amazing rollercoaster’, which was borne out as Hilary related the childhood experiences which instilled in her the extraordinary work ethic that has contributed to her business success. “I felt secure as a child despite the ups and downs, there was always lots of love and laughter”, said Hilary. “My dad was very charismatic, garrulous, enigmatic, the life and soul, intelligent and an entrepreneur. One door closes and another opens was his philosophy - and mine.” This resilience and positivity became evident as Hilary talked openly about 32 December 2012 |

her turbulent relationships and the challenges she faced as a single parent, all the while building a career. The stimulus for branching out on her own was the need to provide for herself and her son. Noticing the inefficiency of the distribution industry, with half empty HGVs traversing the country, she revolutionised the industry by establishing a central hub to coordinate loads. That’s how her multi-million pound business ‘Pall-ex’ was born. It propelled her first to business success and then on to media success, including appearances on Secret Millionaire and Dragon’s Den. Hilary’s new series The Intern airs on Channel 4 in 2013. Asked whether she enjoys the fame and fortune, she made it clear that her campaigning and charity work was much more important to her. “I don’t feel any different”, she said. “I’d like to think that I will leave a legacy behind that is not necessarily financial, more an ethos of trying to assist and help people.” The evening with Hilary Devey at GSAL came about through a new partnership between GSAL and the Ilkley Literature Festival, which this year saw GSAL become the major sponsor of the Children’s Festival.


‘ADVENTurous’, an advent-themed art exhibition at Left Bank Leeds, aims to take a fresh look at the Christmas story. The exhibition will feature a wide range of work – including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and textiles – created by an eclectic range of artists drawn from Leeds and beyond, and representing a range of faith perspectives. It will include experienced artists like Sonja Benskin-Mesher RCA and Michigan-based painter and printmaker Rick Beerhorst, alongside emerging talents like Elizabeth Loren, a recent graduate of Leeds College of Art who has exhibited in London as part of the Free Range showcase. The Left Bank exhibition will be open weekdays from Monday 3rd – Friday 14th December (4 - 7pm), plus Saturday 15th (11am - 5pm), and Sunday 16th (11am - 2pm). Free entry, refreshments available. Left Bank, the former St Margaret of Antioch Church, is on Cardigan Road, LS6, next door to The Cardigan Centre.

THREE CHEERS FOR CHRISTMAS! It’s Christmas Eve. Mak wants to steal a sheep from the three shepherds and hide it in a cradle. Amahl wants to follow the three kings to Bethlehem. And Ebenezer Scrooge (who just wants to be left alone) will be led by three spirits through London and wake in the morning as a different man. David Robertson and Theatre of the Dales return to HEART this month with three short seasonal plays, one funny, one touching, one mysterious. David has adapted a medieval Wakefield mystery play and woven it into Carlo Menotti’s storyline for the opera ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ to form a delightful companion piece to the Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Scrooge (David Robertson) meets the last spirit

The two-hour family show will tour Swaledale, Wharfedale and Ribblesdale, and will be at HEART on Bennett Road, Headingley at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th December. This year is Dickens’ 200th anniversary and coincidentally also marks Theatre of the Dales’ 15th birthday. As it happens, the company’s circuit will end (20th December) at the Victoria Hall, Settle, where its first tour ‘The Diary of a Nobody’ began in 1997. For full details, visit or call David on (0113) 274 0461. Tickets, £10 (£5 under 12s), are available from reception at HEART or by ringing 0113 275 4548.

THE YORKSHIRE CARVER CARVES UP LONDON! Well known for his carvings on Otley Chevin and around Calverly, the Yorkshire Carver, Shane Green, undertook a highly unique and prestigious commission in London this Summer, producing 18 chainsaw sculptures around London to commemorate London 2012 Olympic Games. Green arduously carved a 6 – 10ft wood ‘sculpture-a-day’ for the duration of The Games, creating an Olympic sculpture trail featuring a variety of sporting scenes. His attention to detail is astonishing, especially in light of the inevitable time restraints. Eight hour sessions, carving oak, beech and ash logs into recognisable sporting monoliths, illustrate the stamina and physical strength required. On his blog he describes the artistic processes he went through to create these colossal pieces. Shane, who is Head of Art at Prince

Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, is renowned for an eclectic portfolio, which includes paintings and etchings as well as sculptures. He attended Leeds College of Art and then studied Fine Art in Birmingham and exhibited in the USA after an exchange program involving Fulbright scholars. He recently showcased a prolific portfolio of work at Sunnybank Mills, Farsley. To see more of Shane’s work, visit www.sgreenart.blogspot



GARDENROUND-UP By Kath Hall, Paxton Horticultural Society

.............................................. What a year we’ve had as regards weather – frosts when we didn’t want them, heavy rain, and a few warm spells in between. Now we have Christmas to look forward to. It’s time to cut a few shoots from winter flowering shrubs and keep them in a cool place. The buds will soon open ready to place in the house giving off sweet aromas. For those lucky enough to have open fires and an apple tree in the garden, place prunings or small logs on the fire to give off a lovely scent. Berries and holly are good for decorating, but do leave some for the birds. If the weather is dry, treat timber fences and sheds with preservative. Remember to protect vulnerable plants by either bringing them into the greenhouse, wrapping bubble wrap around the pots and covering them with fleece. Prune tall roses down by half to stop wind rock and check on any newly planted shrubs and trees. Stake these if they need it. A reminder to protect vulnerable plants by wrapping bubble wrap around the pots and cover with fleece

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Bird Watch with Stan Kenyon Several species of gull occur in this country, varying in size from large to small. The common gull is medium-sized, white with a pale grey back and a large white spot on its black wing-tips. Its bill and legs are greenish-yellow and its eye black. Round-headed, it is smaller than the similar herring gull, but daintier in shape with a less heavy, more buoyant flight. Common gulls are frequently seen in Yorkshire in the winter half year only. They can be observed feeding on ploughed land, parks and playing fields and are a regular sight, for example, on Woodhouse Moor and Bodington Hall playing fields in Leeds and The Stray in Harrogate. Some roosts on inland waters are large as at Eccup Reservoir. These birds comprise those that have spent the summer breeding in Scotland and northernmost England, together with winter visitors from Scandinavia and the Baltic. A few pairs have nested occasionally on the high moorlands of the Yorkshire Pennines. Though not scarce, the name ‘common’ is misleading as the most abundant gulls are the larger herring gull and the slightly smaller black-headed gull.

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After a lay off of five years, Horsforth St Margaret’s FC has an Open Age Team once again. The club is playing in Division 2 of the Wharfedale Triangle League and the team has made a solid start with two wins, one draw and two losses, and it has just won through to the second round of the League Cup with a 2-1 win over League 1 side Milford. The return of the open age team is a big story for the club and ultimately for the local community, as it is the next stage on from the club having successfully renewed its FA Chartered Standard Club status last year. The FA Community Club scheme builds on the foundations of the Charter Standard scheme, placing clubs at the heart of their communities. Community Clubs, the pinnacle of the club development pathway, will be those that have a high quality, multi-team set up with excellent social, training and playing opportunities for all.

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FORMER INTERNATIONAL RUNNER DIES AGED 90 Eric Smith, a former international runner from Harehills, and a founder member of Otley Athletics Club, died recently at the age of 90. Born in 1922, Eric was Otley AC’s honorary life vice-president. He took up running at the age of 30 while seconded to the RAF in World War Two, where he represented his unit in cross-country.

recorded a 10-mile personal best at Roundhay Park in 1954 with 50 minutes 32 seconds. Eric also ran in the 1954 European Championships in Switzerland, the 1956 Košice Peace Marathon, in Slovakia (finishing third in 2:25:11) and the 1958 Empire Games.

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Tame Impala is clearly a band going places. Between the slow-burn success of their debut release, Innerspeaker, and their latest offering, Lonerism, the group’s fan-base has swelled exponentially and they’ve become feted as one of the hottest bands of the moment.

the tunes lend themselves well to the jammy expansiveness the live set allows, the band performs with a tightly controlled looseness.

As much as I love it, I’m surprised by just how widely the Tame Impala sound has caught on. While there are many strong riffs, the tunes are often loose, amorphous grooves that aren’t immediately catchy but seep into one’s bones over time.

Tame Impala’s dizzying rise from retro-tinged, trippy pop oddity to globetrotting psych-rock behemoth has been swift but, if that jaw dropping performance is anything to go by, the band seems to be embracing their new role with aplomb and I can’t wait to see where they take it from here.

Lonerism is an apt title, as the creation of a Tame Impala album is a largely solitary endeavour undertaken by group lynchpin, Kevin Parker, who produces the entire recording and then drafts in friends in local bands to perform the songs live. Fresh from a triumphant, sell out show at Brixton Academy, the band entrances the audience from the first note, comfortably riding the wave of critical and public adoration and launching into a confident and enthralling set beginning with the mantra-like insistence of Be Above It, surges of warped reverb rippling out over the crowd in waves. Skittering drums underpin the chugging guitars of Solitude is Bliss before the tune shuffles off the constraints of the recorded version to stretch into an instrumental jam that gives way to breakthrough track and fan favourite It’s Not Meant to Be, with its hypnotic riffs and magnetic spacey groove. The well balanced selection of songs from both albums showcases a well honed sound that, while it draws on a wealth of familiar influences and employs classic-sounding stylistic flourishes, somehow feeds them through a unique weirdifying filter that makes it sound quite unlike anything else - such as on Lonerism’s lead single, Elephant, whose GlamRock stomp bears extra heaviness and where the anticipated drum fill

Interestingly, the stunning artwork for the official tour poster was produced and printed by friends of North Leeds Life, Stuff & Things Collective and Dots Printhaus. The band was so delighted with the work they’ve expressed a desire to work almost exclusively with the team on such projects in the future. Well done, guys.

unfurls into a rapid-fire, ricocheting, scattershot solo, which in turn segues into an improvisational ‘Jazz Oddessy’ freak out before bringing the tune home. A personal highlight of the new album, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, also shines, shimmering keyboards framing the oozing, honeyed melody. Switching gear into the driving Lucidity, the band conjures the spirit of classic TAME IMPALA - UK TOUR heavy psychedelic POSTER 2012
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SOUND & VISION Apparently in the employ of some unseen shadowy organisation, Oscar’s appointments require him to don elaborate disguises and perform a series of varied roles. He first becomes an elderly homeless woman begging for change on the street, seemingly interacting with no one. Then it’s back in the limo to his mobile dressing room for another costume change and on to his next engagement.

HOLY MOTORS DIRECTED BY: LEOS CARAX STARRING: DENIS LAVANT, EDITH SCOB, EVA MENDES, KYLIE MINOGUE CERT: 18 LENGTH: 115 MINS Every so often a film comes along that shakes you from your cultural complacency and reaffirms one’s faith in the power and wonder of cinema. Holy Motors is one such film. An unbuttoned, wild eyed streak of mad brilliance, Holy Motors is truly unique. Impossible to classify, bafflingly surreal

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yet utterly engaging, it’s a fairly safe bet that you’ve never seen anything quite like it. The film follows one Monsieur Oscar (Dennis Lavant) as he is ferried around Paris in the back of a white stretch limousine while his driver, Celine, chauffeurs him to various ‘appointments’.

In a visually dazzling sequence, Oscar becomes a performer in a motion capture production, presumably for some sort of computer game. With striking lighting and choreography the scene develops into a hallucinogenic, audaciously erotic spectacle. Elsewhere, he transforms into a voracious, dishevelled, impish madman who abducts a beautiful, impassive model (Eva Mendes) from a fashion shoot in a cemetery, he becomes a thuggish hitman, a high powered businessman, an aging, ailing uncle on his deathbed, an estranged father. At what point, if any, is he himself? For whose benefit are these ‘appointments’? Is the entire thing staged? And, if so, for what audience? Well, your guess is as good as mine. Holy Motors begs a multitude of questions and offers little in the way of answers. While it may appear trite, the Shake-



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It undergoes a number of tonal shifts, sometimes within a single scene, and the viewer has absolutely no idea what this oddball odyssey is going to throw at them next. It’s all executed with the defiantly eccentric idiosyncrasy the French are so adroit at getting away with and its more oblique surrealism is offset by a rich seam of playful humour. In theatrical style, there’s even an intermission of sorts which takes the form of an exhilarating musical interlude, a storming, accordion-led version of R.L. Burnside’s Let My Baby Ride. There’s another magical musical moment when Eva (Kylie Minogue), seemingly an old flame of Oscar’s and in the same bizarre employment, delivers an affecting vocal performance. “Who were we when we were who we were back then”, she sings, addressing the puzzle of identity at the heart of the film. At the centre of all the swirling lunacy is Dennis Lavant’s extraordinary performance, aided in no small part by the sterling work of the costume and make up teams, he shows himself to be an exceptional physical performer, morphing from one incarnation to the next he absolutely encapsulates each role with startling veracity. The closing scenes of the film take such a wild swerve into irreverent weirdness that it boarders on the facetious and the rolling of the closing credits at the screening I attended was met with much head scratching and bemused chuckling from the audience. Suitably, for a film which hints at fathoms of unexplored depths, it is bold, daring, possessed of a keen intelligence and seriously strange, yet it refuses to be weighed down by seriousness. It’s a film that stays with you and demands to be seen again, likely to reveal something new with each viewing. If you’re yearning for an antidote to the conventional, predictable output of Hollywood, try this for size. It’s quite the trip and one well worth taking.

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MUSICLISTINGS Ben Folds Five Sat 1 Dec, O2 Academy, £27.50. Quirky piano-based rock.

Twinkle Brothers + Channel One Sound System Sat 1 Dec, Leeds University Union, 10pm, £10. Ten-piece reggae band from Jamaica, with London’s number one reggae sound system. Dawes Sat 1 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, 7:30pm, £10. Rock band from L.A., & part of ‘Laurel Canyon sound’ Influences including Crosby, Stills & Nash, & Neil Young. Rizzle Kicks Sun 2 Dec, O2 Academy, £15. Mix of pop & hip hop incorporating fun elements of old school hiphop era. Unity Sun 2 Dec, 1 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Young Leeds jazz drummer John Arnesen & band Stars Mon 3 Dec, The Cockpit, £11. Furious lo-fi, fragmented rock & twisted pop. Support from fellow Canadian indie rockers Zeus. Deerhoof Mon 3rd Dec, Brudenell Social Club, £12.50. Crazy electro-pop from California. Mission of Burma Tues 4 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, £11. Legendary post-punk band from Boston. Squeeze Tues 4 Dec at 02 Academy, with Paul Heaton on support. Tickets £36 from Jumbo Records. Blues Positive Tues 4 Dec, 9pm at the Chemic Tavern, Johnson St, Woodhouse, LS6. Free Boo Hewerdine+Patsy Matheson Tues 4 Dec at Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley. £11 All The Young Wed 5 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, £7 Indie-rock quartet with chestthumping indie anthems. Mélanie Pain Thurs 6 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, £10. Confessional folk-pop chansons in English & French with coy, breathy vocals from one of the main voices of Nouvelle Vague. 44 December 2012 |

Rancid Thurs 6 Dec, O2 Academy, £20. Influential punk rockers mix American thrash minimalism & Brit punk’s sound & fury.

Lower Dens Tues 11 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, £6. Baltimore new wave drone pop outfit, fronted by Jana Hunter.

Truckfighters + Black Moth Thurs 6 Dec, The Cockpit, £8. Swedish desert rock act with punk, Goth & Metal.

Roller Trio Wed12 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, £7. Experimental group whose skewed Jazz style features stonking riffs, thrashy noise, evocative songs & electronic soundscapes.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Fri 7 Dec, The Wardrobe, £8. Sing-a-longs & shouty punk refrains. Backyard Burners, Monkey Wrenchers, Mordrake & River Moon Fri 7 Dec, 7.30pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. LS6 (275 7712). £5 Stealing Sheep Fri 7 Dec at Brudenell Social Club. Tickets £8 from Jumbo Records. Xmas Friday Unplugged Fri 7 Dec at Escobar, Leeds. Gateway Music presents Rob Galloway, Marie Claire Spicer. Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Sat 8 Dec, The Musiquarium. Joe’s music is a mix of rapping, folk & blues. Sekou is known in France as the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the kora’. Euros Childs Sat 8 Dec, Wharf Chambers, £6 Singer & multi-instrumentalist from Welsh pysch-pop outfit Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. Boris + Plus Guest Support Sat 8 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, £13. Japanese experimental rock band combining different music genres - drone & sludge metal, noise & psychedelic rock, ambient & pop. Seven Jazz Swing Festival: Djangonauts Sun 9 Dec, Seven Arts Chapel Allerton, 1 - 4pm, £5/£4 under 16s free. Gaslight Club Xmas Special Mon 10 Dec at Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane. Pete Roe, Emily & The Woods, Witch Hunt, Hot Feet, Sam Brookes, These Men. Folk & Roots blues 7pm. Tickets £7.50p from Jumbo or Crash Records, The XX Mon 10 Dec, O2 Academy, £24. London trio known for their captivating stripped-down minimalist sound.

Pete King Quartet Thurs 13 Dec, 8pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. ‘The finest alto saxophonist Britain has ever produced’ - Dave Gelly, Observer. www.sevenjazz. Hope & Social Winter Special Fri 14 Dec at Otley Courthouse. Tickets: 01943 467466 Christmas Brass Quintet: Northern Ballet’s Sinfonia Orchestra Fri 14 Dec, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre at Northern Ballet, 7:15pm, £10. Seasonal programme features Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Manson, & Sherwin & Maschwitz. Ellie Goulding Sat 15 Dec at 02 Academy. Tickets £25 from Jumbo Records Neville Staples Sat 15 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, £15. Original rude boy, & one of the undisputed forerunners of the ska movement. Best known as one of lead singers of The Specials. Alligator Gumbo Sun 16 Dec, 1 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Creole swing in the New Orleans style. Lunchtime Organ Music: Thomas Leech Mon 17 Dec , Leeds Town Hall, 1:05pm, Free. Handel; Five movements from Messiah, Bach Chorale, Mendelssohn Leeds Blues: Blue Sharks Tues 18 Dec, 9pm at the Chemic Tavern, Johnson St. Woodhouse LS6. Free. Crows’ Bones: A Folk Ghost Story For Christmas: Martin Green + Becky Unthank Thurs 20 Dec, Howard Assembly Room, £12.50. Traditional folk songs from northern lands about ghosts,

ghouls and unquiet spirits. Martin Stephenson & The Daintees + Helen McCookerybook Thurs 20 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, £15. British rock/folk/pop band combining elements of rockabilly, show tunes, rootsy pop, straight-ahead rock & punk The Wonder Stuff Fri 21 Dec, O2 Academy, £20 West Midlands-based band with support from Pop Will Eat Itself & Jesus Jones. Christmas Concert: Opera North Children’s Chorus Fri 21 Dec, Howard Assembly Room. Festive selection of sacred & secular music showcasing the talents of some of the region’s finest young singers. The Beat Fri 21 Dec, Brudenell Social Club, £15. Combining old classics with brand new material. The Hall Brothers & Friends Sat 22 Dec at Otley Courthouse with John Carey, Plum Hall, & Dave Vermond. Tickets £10 www. Ronnie Bottomley Big Band Sun 23 Dec, 1 – 4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton. Christmas Party featuring 18-piece big band & Nikki Allen on vocals The Solicitors Sun 23 Dec, New Roscoe, £6. 9-piece quality R’n’B & soul band with brass. Roots: The Shuffle Monsters Fri 28 Dec, 8pm at New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Rare gig by popular trio. £6 The Early Mac Band Sun 30 Dec, New Roscoe, £5. (formerly Greenmac), great British Blues Band showcases music of Peter Green, BB King, Gary Moore, Elmore James, Hendrix & others.


SCHOOLS CELEBRATE YORKSHIRE’S FAIRTRADE SUCCESS Children from 14 schools across Leeds recently celebrated their Fairtrade work and pledged their support for Fairtrade Yorkshire. The celebration was opened by the Lord Mayor Cllr Ann Castle and attended by visiting teachers from Germany, Austria and Leeds’ partner city Brno in the Czech Republic.


Leeds Children’s Hospital has set up a special link that guarantees children their very own letter from Santa, and helps raise money for sick youngsters at the same time.

“Yorkshire is well on its way to becoming the first region in the UK to attain Fairtrade status”, said Hannah Dalrymple, Chair of Fairtrade Yorkshire. “It’s really exciting to see so much excellent and creative work going on in Leeds schools to raise awareness about fair trade issues, and inspiring to hear from teachers across Europe who are pioneering similar work in their own countries.”

schools share good ideas about teaching and learning about fair trade issues and celebrate their achievements. Schools attending included: Adel Primary, Ireland Wood, Otley All Saints, Bankside Primary, St Mary’s Menston, Wykebeck Primary School, Southroyd Primary, St. Chad’s Primary School, Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Allerton C of E Primary, NWSILC, Harehills Primary.

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This year the Letter From Santa is bigger and better than ever. Laing O’Rourke have sprinkled their festive magic by sponsoring this festive promotion so every penny raised goes directly to the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal. And, thanks to Leeds Metropolitan University, you can now order the letter online. The festive spirit doesn’t stop there - volunteers, including staff from Yorkshire Bank, will carry out elf duties by hand-writing the envelopes in gold ink and stamping them ‘Reindeer Express Delivery’. “This is such a magical promotion” said Jacquie Cross, development manager for Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal. “Thanks to our sponsors and volunteer elves all the income goes directly to making a difference for our young patients and not in administration costs, and being able to order online makes it even better.” The last day for ordering a Letter from Santa Claus is 14th December, just call 0113 392 5202 or visit www.


Five girls from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) have been selected for the North of England hockey High Performance Assessment Centre (HIPAC), which involves an intensive training programme for two days followed by a third playing matches against squads from the different regions. Lucinda Obank Y11 and Katie Toogood L6 will take part in the U17 HIPAC; Becky Hutson Y11 in the U16s and twins Rebecca and Katie Birch Y10 in the U15 age group. From here the girls could be selected to attend further assessment sessions and potentially England. “I am extremely proud of the girls’ achievements”, said Lyndsay French, Head of hockey at GSAL. “They have worked incredibly hard over the summer months to gain selection for the HIPAC squads. We wish them all the success in the matches and I hope they fully enjoy the experience.”

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HANNAH TAKES BRONZE IN WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Hannah Starling, an Upper Sixth student at The Grammar School at Leeds, made history recently by winning the first ever World Junior medal in the Girls A Springboard category for Great Britain at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide. The 17-year old won bronze in a closely fought competition with a score of 457.55, just behind USA’s Gracia Leydon Mahoney (463.10) and China’s Zheng Qulin (460.40). Hannah finished 13th in the same event on her Olympic debut in London this summer, missing out on a place in the finals by just 0.75 of a point. She went on to further success in Adelaide by winning Silver in the 3m synchro diving event with her partner Alicia Blagg, another member of the City of Leeds squad. This is a new pairing and as the two haven’t competed together for about six years, they had no expectations of a medal, so to win silver was a real bonus.



Horsforth School supported the ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign during October with various events and activities taking place throughout the course of a week. Students learnt about the issues facing children in Africa in Life Skills lessons and also had the opportunity to take part in on-line quizzes where every time they answered a question correctly, grains of rice were donated to the United Nations World Food Programme. The School was especially delighted to welcome the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir, made up of orphaned children from Uganda. The Choir sang and talked to students about the issues they faced at home. The School came alive with their uplifting songs. Mrs Kennedy’s Year 10 ASDAN group sold wristbands throughout the week, raising over £200 for the Choir’s charity.

THE 35TH GERMAN EXCHANGE! The weather did nothing to dampen the success and enjoyment of the 35th Horsforth School German Exchange visit to Wermelskirchen. Twenty-one Year 9 students, together with teachers Mrs Ellison, Mr Moxon and former teacher Mr Gazey took part. The programme included walking in local wine producing areas, visits to major towns, attending lessons with German partners, swimming at a super outdoor pool complex and a barbecue evening. One of the many highlights was braving the Schwebebahn in Wuppertal, an overhead railway which hovers and sways through the city 30 feet above the river Wupper! The German partners made the return visit to Horsforth and enjoyed a day out in York, as well as an evening bowling. The return visit also marked the retirement of Klaus Bocher, the German teacher who started the Exchange in 1976 and who has accompanied all 35 visits. 48 December 2012 |


Notices Adel Pre School has a 50 year history & is OFSTED registered. Places available for children 2 ½ - school age. Offering new, flexible daily sessions 9am – 3pm at Adel Methodist Church. Details: Lesley or Katie on 281 7979 or 07919 676792 Adel Toddler Group Fri 10 – 11.45am during term time at The Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. Just £1.50 per family, incl refreshments for children & adults. A warm & welcoming group always pleased to welcome old & new faces! Christmas Crafts for Kids (age 7 & over) Sat 22 Dec, 9.30am – 12 noon at St Giles Church Hall. Christmas crafts, songs & refreshments. Registration form from church or 203 7523. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

The UK’s current Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson recently paid a visit to Ralph Thoresby School and Holt Park Library. The bestselling author of over 150 books including ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Jack and the Flumflum Tree’ visited Leeds as part of her tour of libraries across the UK. Ralph Thoresby, in partnership with Holt Park Library, welcomed over 250 children from local primary schools, who watched Julia bring some of her hugely popular stories and songs to life. Some lucky children even got to perform with the author. “This was a fantastic event and linked well with our drive to improve standards of literacy at Ralph Thoresby and our partner primary schools”, said Will Carr, Head Teacher at Ralph Thoresby School. “We hope this will be the first of many successful events in partnership with Leeds Libraries.”

JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUE COMES TO LS16! Greg Mulholland MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group, recently attended the first training session of Leeds Underdogs, a new Junior Rugby League team for three to 13 year olds. Leeds newest Junior Rugby League team is based at the Adel Sports & Social and aims to bring Rugby League to LS16. “Huge credit must go to Diane Marshman and Kevin Brock and all those involved in setting up the club, which will give youngsters in North West Leeds the chance to take up rugby league locally”, said Greg. “I will be watching to see how the club progresses and hopefully we will see some home grown Leeds Rhinos stars of the future learning their skills in Adel!” Leeds Underdogs are now looking for sponsors. Anyone who is willing to donate or help with fundraising should contact Diane on 07870 384393.

Grove Pre-school, Horsforth for children from age 2 – school age. Good OFSTED report. Lots of fun & learning. Funding for 3/4 year olds. Sessions: Mon 9am –12noon, Tue 9am – 3pm, & Wed 9am – 3pm (15 hrs). Details: Julie 07887 387233 or 239 0335 Messy Church Sun 16 Dec, 2 – 4pm at St Giles Church Hall, Bramhope. Christmas event that welcomes the whole family. Crafts, celebration & food! Details: Janice Smith 203 7523 or Mums & Toddlers Bramhope Wednesdays, 9.30 – 11.30 at St Giles Church Hall. Details: Nicci Shay 267 4884 Mums & Tots Tues (term time) 1 – 3pm at Bramhope Methodist Church. £1.50 per family. Join them for play, chat & a cuppa. Details: Sarah 203 7090 Parent & Toddler Group Fridays in term time, 1.30 – 3pm at St Mary’s School, Broadgate Lane, Horsforth. Come along for a drink & a chat. Everyone welcome. Details: Francesca D’Arcy 07838753166 Rock Solid For ages 11 – 13. Sun 5.15 – 6.15 at St Giles Church Hall. Games & friendship. Details: Suzanne Mills 284 3643 St Paul’s Church, Raynel Drive, LS16 In the Church hall, new members welcome. Cubs: Tues 6.30 – 7.45pm, contact: Shasheen Stafford 267 5504. Rainbows: Thurs 5 – 6pm, contact Kirsty Hazlegrave 0778 6497378. Brownies: Thurs 6 – 7.30pm, contact Sue Hill 2613730 Toddler Praise Wed 5 Dec, 10am in St Giles Bramhope. Sing, dance & make a noise in praise! Followed by refreshments. Details: Janice Smith 203 7523 or just turn up. Toy Service Sun 9 Dec, 9.30am at St Giles Church, Bramhope. Christmas event with carols for all the family. Toys collected for children in need. Please bring new or nearly new toy (unwrapped). Followed by breakfast brunch. Woodside Rainbows Seek New Members For girls aged 5 – 7. Meetings Mon 5.15 – 6.15pm at Woodside Methodist Church, Outwood Lane. Yarnbury RFC Junior Section Horsforth. Welcomes new players 5-18yrs (girls up to 12). Family club stressing inclusion for all. Coaches qualified & CRB checked. Details: Paul Marshall 07711 648704



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.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. ACTIVE After Eights Badminton Club Mon 8 – 9pm at Ralph Thorsby School. New members welcome. Come along for a free trial session at our friendly club. Details: Neil 2390470 Badminton Anyone? Friendly badminton club looking for experienced players. Fri 7.309.30pm at Trinity University, Horsforth. Details: Sylvia 259 0113, Graham on 258 4532 Bramhope Table Tennis Club Meets Mon 8 – 10pm & Tues 1.30 – 3.30pm at Robert Craven Hall. New members welcome. Details: Stewart 267 3311 Briggate Morris (Women’s Northwest Morris Dancing) Mon 7 – 9pm at Brownberrie Lane Preschool, Horsforth. New members of all ages & abilities welcome. Details: Katie 07890 754115, www.briggate-morris. Buttercross Belles Women’s North West Morris Dancing, Thurs 8 – 10pm at St Joseph’s Primary School, Otley. Musicians & new dancers of all abilities welcome. Cookridge Rambling Club meets Sun, 9.30am in the car park of Cookridge Village Hall for walks of approx 6/8 miles. Transport can be provided when required. Details: Barbara 267 1522 Horsforth Tennis Club welcomes new members for team play in summer & social play all year. Come & try Sunday 1pm. Details: Hillary West 258 6021 Last Man Stands are looking for additional teams to enter their winter indoor & summer outdoor cricket leagues. They cater for all standards. Details: Paul 07795 154444, leeds@lastmanstands. Leeds Area Disabled Swimming Club Mon 7 - 8pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre. Are you disabled or recovering from a condition where swimming/exercising in water could help? We provide a safe, sociable private pool session where you can work to your own ability to gain strength & confidence. Details: Roger 267 4716, Sarah 287 6250 www. Leeds HF Rambling & Social Club. Walks on a Sunday geared to public transport from Leeds. Social events in winter. Details: Send SAE to John Maltman, 52 Vesper Gate Mount, Leeds LS5 3NN. 50 December 2012 |

Moortown Rugby Union Respect, teamwork, discipline, fun. Brilliant club for under 7s (Year 2) to adults. Currently recruiting all ages, especially Under 10s squad (Year 5 in Sep 2012). They train & play Sun 10:30am at Moss Valley, LS17 7NT. Details: Damian Curtis 07860 454701, damian.curtis@ or clubs/moortownrufc/ Pudsey & District Rambling Club: Walks of 5 - 10 miles Sun & alt Thurs. Friendly, long established club with members from all around area. New members welcome. Annual membership £8 (juniors £1). Try before you join. Details: 01943 430657 Scottish Country Dancing Thurs 7.30 – 9.30pm, St Columba’s, Headingley Lane. All abilities welcome, no partner necessary. £2.50 incl. refreshments. Details: 269 1791, pathynes001@tiscali. St Chad’s Tennis Club Join our friendly club & play tennis throughout the year - fun club sessions & competitive opportunities. New members welcome. Details: Anne Wallace 274 9917 Yarnbury Angling Club Matches 1st Sun of month. Members only. Coach transfers to & from venues. Details: Adrian Addy 07956 964713. ARTS & CRAFTS Adel Art Group Learn to paint with Alex Purves. Tues 7 – 9pm at the Old Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. New members welcome. Details: John Hartley 01943 874162 Chinese Brush Painters Society Sat 1 Dec, 10am - 4pm at Poolin-Wharfedale Memorial Village Hall, Arthington Lane, Pool. A traditional Chinese kite workshop with Brian Morgan. This will also be a social occasion with a buffet lunch. New members welcome. Details: Anne Allan 01422 368482, Flower Arranging Classes 1st Thurs of month, 1.30pm & 7.30pm at Paxton Horticultural Society, 186 Kirkstall Lane. Beginners welcome. Details: Kath Hall 275 2436, kaybeehall@ Horsforth Arts Society meets Wed, 7.30pm at The Studio, 15 Back Lane, Horsforth. 5 Dec: Talk by Malcolm Oxley on Turner in Yorkshire. 12 Dec: Sale & party. 19 Dec: Closed. 2 Jan: Reopens

with a DVD evening. Details: 259 0259 www.horsforthartsociety. COFFEE MORNINGS, FAIRS & MARKETS Adel St John The Baptist Coffee Morning Sat 1 Dec, 10.30am – 12 noon at Old Stables, Back Church Lane. Homemade scones & cakes. Come & enjoy! Annual Christmas Fair Sat 8 Dec, 10am – 1pm at Headingley Methodist Church (opp Arndale Centre). Gifts & stocking fillers, cakes, books, bric-a-brac, plants, Traidcraft , tombola, raffle & competitions, plus delicious homemade refreshments & bacon butties. Free entry.

local businesses & village groups. Free entry. Feral Cat Welfare Christmas Fair Sat 8 Dec, 10.30am – 2.30pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, (junction Fink Hill/ Hall Lane, Horsforth. In aid of stray & feral cats & kittens. Gifts, bric-a-brac, cakes, crafts, cat toys tombola, etc. Entry 50p. Loving homes always needed for affectionate cats & kittens. Details: 293 9484, Headingley Farmers’ Market 2nd Sat of each month, The Rose Garden in front of The Arc, North Lane. 9am – 12.30pm.

Bramhope Market 2nd Sat of each month, 10am – 1pm at Robert Craven Hall, Old Lane, Bramhope Fresh fruit & veg, good food, home baking & crafts. Free Parking.

Horsforth Farmers’ Market. 1st Sat of each month. Next market, Sat 1 Dec, 9am - 12:30pm at St Margaret’s C of E Primary School car park, Town St, Horsforth LS18 Rich variety of food direct from local producers – organic veg, meat, eggs, cakes, chocolates & more.

Bramhope Methodist Church Coffee Shop Every Tues 10amnoon. Delicious homemade scones & friendly fellowship – all welcome.

Horsforth Museum Christmas Coffee Mornings Sat 24 Nov / Sat 9 Dec. Museum closes until end March 2013. Coffee mornings still run end of Jan & Feb.

Cards for Good Causes Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm until 18 Dec at Headingley Library. Cards from over 30 major charities. Staffed by volunteers. Over 80p in every pound goes to the charities. To volunteer, contact Frances Hainsworth 275 1518 Caring For Life Christmas Fayre Sat 8 Dec, 10am – 3pm, Crag House Farm, off Otley Old Rd, Cookridge, LS16 7NH. Santa’s grotto, children’s activities, horse & cart rides, entertainment, festive food – incl. CFL’s famous beef-burgers & sausages! High quality crafts, wreaths, & gifts. Granary Café & Farm Shop open 9am - 5pm. Details: 320 3600, Christmas Market Fri 7 Dec, 3 – 8pm/ Sat 8 Dec, 10am – 3pm at St Gemma’s Hospice, Harrogate Rd, Moortown. Entry by donation. Exciting stalls, beautiful gifts, live music & entertainment, sizzling German sausages & warming mulled wine! Buy your Nordman Christmas tree & visit Santa in his grotto! Details: 218 5570, www. Christmas Tree Festival Fri 7 Dec 3 – 7pm; Sat 8 Dec 10am – 5pm; Sun 9 Dec 12 – 4pm at Bramhope Methodist Church. Start your Christmas with a visit to a wonderland of Christmas trees, sponsored & decorated by

St Gemma’s Vintage Fair Sat1/ Sun 2 Dec at the Hospice on Harrogate Rd, Moortown. Lots of fantastic treasures to be found at this award-winning event. Treat yourself to a unique gift or relax over coffee/tea & cake. Details: Winter Fayre Sat 1 Dec, 10am – 12 at Horsforth Children’s Centre. Lots of stalls, craft making tables & Santa will be in his grotto. Entry £1 per family. All welcome. GROUPS Adel Bridge Club meets Fri, 7.15pm at Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane. Relaxed Chicago Bridge club. New members welcome, whether improvers or more experienced players. No partner needed. Details: Janice 230 6387 or 07713 402405 Adel Crag Community Assoc. keeps you informed about what is happening in your neighbourhood, with up-to-date information on local news, events etc. Details: Francis Garbutt 261 0846, www. Adel & District Horticultural Society meets 2nd Mon in month (Sept – May), 7.45pm at Friends Meeting House, New Adel Lane. New members welcome. Next meeting 10 Dec: ‘Glorious Glasshouses’ by Sue HoyDetails: Mrs Tarn Everett on 261 3095

Air Yorkshire Aviation Society Interested in aviation, aircraft old and new, airports? Why not try Air Yorkshire - regular guest speakers, monthly colour magazine, trips and social events. Details: Dave Senior 282 1818, Alwoodley Motor Club Every other Thurs, 8.30pm, The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane. All welcome. Details: 391 0403, www. Bradford Circle for Foreign Languages Italian Section meets Tues, French Section on Thurs. 7.30 – 9pm at 10 Eldon Place, Bradford. BD1 3AZ. Events include speakers, debates, quizzes, music, games & conversation in Italian or French. Details: Italian - Chris Thomas 07900 988345, French - Philip Booth 01274 817209, Bramhope in Bloom Small friendly group welcomes volunteers of all capabilities. Was awarded ‘Silver’ for spring & ‘Silver Gilt’ for summer displays last year. Everyone has an area of responsibility & works together to make Bramhope even lovelier! Aiming to achieve overall Silver Gilt this year. Details: Kit 203 7666,

or Janet 203 7744 janet.hobson@ Bramhope Bridge Club meets Mon 1pm, & Tues & Thurs 7pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Old Lane. Friendly duplicate bridge sessions. New members welcome. Details: Leslie Brown 250 2378

Delicious Bites Cookery Group meets Tues 12 – 2pm at Burley Lodge Centre, Burley Lodge Rd LS6. New group. Share favourite recipes with fellow food lovers. Make friends & learn how to prepare cuisine from around the world. Cooking demonstrations, tastings etc. Details: 318 8960,

University of Leeds. Membership open to all. Regular activities. Details: 343 2584, www.leeds. Holt Park Tenants & Residents Association Provides a voice for all residents & tenants in the Holt Park area. Regular monthly meetings at Ralph Thoresby School. Details: Cathy Lone 07532 178949, www.holtparktra.

Cookridge Camera Club Wed 7.30pm, Cookridge Village Hall, Green Lane/Moseley Wood Lane junction. Excellent guest speakers & in-house competitions. New members welcome. Details: Richard 230 1853, www.

Fly Dressers Guild (Leeds Branch) meets Wed pm (Oct – March) at West Park Rugby Club, Bramhope LS16. Guest speakers/fly tyers on 1st Wed of month. Fly Tying Courses for beginner & intermediate levels from 3 Oct. Details: Michael Pattinson, mrp@, 07736776095

Cookridge Gardening Club meets Wed 12 Dec, 7.30pm in the Cookridge Methodist Church Hall, for a talk by Dan Malster, ‘Wildlife of Leeds’, followed by a raffle & quiz & yet more mince pies! All welcome. Support your local Club. Adm. £1 incl. refreshments (50p members).

Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery Action Days Sat 1 Dec, 10am at Lawnswood’s car park. Leader Dave Blackham, Parks & Countryside ranger. Tools & hot drinks provided. Please wear suitable clothing. Friends of Leeds City Museums raise funds to finance acquisitions for Leeds’ museums, through a range of exciting trips & social events. New members very welcome. Details: 269 3899,

Cookridge Methodist Community Film Society Enrolling now for new season. Films shown on giant screen in Church Hall 7.30pm 2nd Wed of month. Oct – April. 7 films £20/ 5 films £17. Everyone welcome. Details: Shirley 267 2464, Don 267 4721


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Horsforth Cemetery Needs New Volunteers! A friendly group of volunteers has tended Horsforth Cemetery for the last 10 years & would love some new members to join them. They meet inside the gates of Horsforth Cemetery (adjacent to Park Lane College) on Calverley Lane, 1st Sat of month 10am – 12 noon. Details: 07960 221417

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Horsforth in Bloom will meet at 10am in the Museum on 1st Sat of month (1 Dec). They will be planning activities for 2013. Anyone interested in gardening & helping would be most welcome to drop in for a coffee & mince pie & to meet the group. No meeting in Jan. Details: Hilary Taylor 258 352.



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COMMUNITY NOTICES Horsforth Duplicate Bridge Club Weds 7.15pm & Thurs 1.15– 4.30pm at The Horsforth Club, New Road Side. New members welcome. Details: Mike Bent 258 1580 Horsforth Photographic Club Meets Wed 7pm in the Stable Block, behind Horsforth Museum. New Members welcome. Details: 258 9149, or Also on Facebook. Horsforth Retired People’s Club meets 2nd & 4th Thurs of month, 9.30 – 11am at St Margaret’s Parish Centre. Speakers on a wide variety of subjects plus refreshments & time to socialise. Visitors & prospective members very welcome. Details: Everett Cooke 258 9149, Beryl Harland 258 6907 Kaleidoscope Social Club for over 50s & unattached with a zest for life. Monthly programme of events. Not a dating agency. Details: 262 1455 or 261 2619, www.kaleidoscopeleeds.weebly. com Lawnswood Bridge Club Tues 1pm at Lawnswood YMCA. Small friendly club playing Chicago. New members with a partner welcome. Details: The Secretary 285 2522 Leeds Book Club 2nd Sun, 6pm at The White Swan, Leeds City Centre. 3rd Sun, 5 – 7pm at Arcadia in Headingley. 2nd Wed, 7pm at Medusa Bar, Horsforth. Details:, Leeds Bridge Club Moor Allerton Sports & Social Centre (MASSC), Stonegate Rd, LS17 Beginners classes: Mon 2 – 4.15pm, Fri 7 – 9.15pm from 1 Oct. Improvers: Tues 12.45 – 3pm, Fri 10 – 12.15pm, Fri 7 – 9.15pm from 2 Oct. Details: Gill Copeland 225 7237, Leeds Caledonian Society Sat 1st Dec: popular St Andrews dinner/dance at Castle Grove, Far Headingley. Tickets from -267 4141. Sun 2 Dec: Annual Church Service at Headingley St Columba URC at 10.45am.

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Leeds Hospital Alert Small group of concerned people campaigning for preservation of the NHS. Upcoming meetings: Thurs 6 Dec, Mon 21 Jan, Mon 18 Feb. 7.30pm at Muir Court, St Michael’s Rd. LS6. Details: Beatrice Rogers 278 5495, info@leedshospitalalert. Leeds Movie Makers Get more out of your camcorder & film making. Stainbeck United Reformed Church Hall, Stainbeck Lane (rear entrance), Fri 7:30pm. Details: George Woolley 225 6444, Doreen Wood 278 2972. Leeds Oxfam Group Lively group campaigns on issues of global justice. Regular meetings on 1st Wed of month, venue varies. All welcome. Details: www., or Facebook Leeds Photographic Society, the oldest photographic society in the world, meets Tues 7.30pm in St Edmund’s Church Hall, Lidgett Park Rd, Roundhay, LS8. Visitors & prospective members welcome. Details: 265 0651, www.lps1852. Leeds RSPB Group AGM Wed 5 Dec includes illustrated talk by Ted Clements ‘Travels with a Camera’, looking at birds & wildlife of the Shetlands & Suffolk. Venue: Friends Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, 7.30pm. All welcome. Details: Leeds Skyrack Lions Club meets 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7.45pm at the New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd. Headingley. New members & helpers welcome. Help the needy of Leeds & create new friendships. Details: 01943 510106, Granville.barker@, leedsskyrack Mah Jong Restarts Thurs 10am – 12noon at Robert Craven Memorial Hall. Lively, Chinese game played with small tiles. Happy, friendly group. No experience necessary. 1st class free. Details: Jenny 230 0094 Men’s Brunch Club Mon 17 Dec, 9.45am at Bramhope Methodist Church. Enjoy good home cooked breakfast & meet new friends. All welcome.

Mercury Movie Makers meet Weds, 7:30pm at Rawdon Conservative Club. Advice, regular film & practical evenings & occasional events. Details: 257 7274, www.mercurymoviemakers. com Otley & Wharfedale MacMillan Cancer Support Fundraising Group covers NW Leeds & meets monthly to plan events. Looking for new members. Details or to book a speaker: 0113 261 3758/ 01943 467299 Social Events Club Meals, pub nights, theatre/film/music, walks, badminton, book group, weekends away, holidays & more. Mainly over 30s. Monthly new members’ night in North Leeds. Details: 0844 8111025, www. The Other Bridge Club Friendly bridge played Thurs 7.15 – 10.15pm at Robert Craven Memorial Hall, Bramhope. New members welcome. Details: Sandra 01943 463332 Trackrod Motor Club Meets 1st Tues of each month, 9.30pm at Old Modernians Club, Cookridge Lane. New Members welcome. Details: www.trackrodmotorclub. Weetwood Writers meet alternate Sun 10.30am – 12.30pm. Weekly Wed creative writing workshops. New writers welcome. Details: Liz 0798 5514331 Wharfedale Speakers Club meets 1st & 3rd Wed of each month at Cross Green Community Centre, Pool Rd, Otley. New members welcome. Speakers of all ages & backgrounds. Come along & improve your speaking skills. Details: Tony Morris 258 3507 MUSIC Amici Singers Friendly mixed voice choir welcomes new singers, experienced or not. No auditions. Rehearsals Thurs pm at Adel Methodist Church. Details: 228 5932 or 267 1292 Christmas Concert Thurs 20 Dec, 7.30pm in Adel Methodist Church Hall, Gainsborough Ave, LS16. Featuring The Amici Singers.

Tickets £5 (incl coffee & mince pie) from 284 2924, 267 4507, or on door. Christmas Concert Fri 21 Dec, 7pm at Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge, featuring the Leeds Band of the Salvation Army & Carols. Entry £5 (incl refreshments) The Fairfax Singers Wish everyone a very Happy Christmas & New Year. Now taking bookings for 2013 for fundraising concerts, corporate events & weddings. Details: 01274 597024 or 01943 877464, www.fairfaxsingers. The Fairfax Singers Vacancy for Tenors. Rehearse Tues 7.30pm at Thomas More Catholic Church, Burley-in-Wharfedale. Details: Dorothy Hawkshaw 01943 877464 Horsforth Choral Society Christmas Concert Tues 11 Dec, 7.30pm at St Margaret’s Church, Horsforth. ‘ A Christmas Entertainment’ featuring the Yorkshire Evening Brass (leader Rebecca Todd), conductor Kathryn Woodruff. Tickets £8 (incl refreshments) from 250 2203 or on door. Horsforth Leeds City Brass Band A friendly, community brass band welcomes new players. Possible instrument loan, if needed. Rehearsals: Mon 7.30 – 9.30pm at Leeds Trinity University College, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth. Details: Hannah Rowlands 250 0208, Betty Emberton 267 6529
 Lawnswood Singers A female choir, practices Wed 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Green Lane, Cookridge. Good female singers welcome to come & try us out. Wide repertoire of music & friendly people! Details: Brenda Hawer 0113 2671292, www. Leeds & Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club Mon 7.30pm, Rawdon & Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Road, Rawdon. Male singers who can take on four part harmony most welcome. Details: 01274 583 989.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES Leeds Guild of Singers will perform a concert of Christmas music at St Mary’s RC Church, Horsforth, on Sun 9 Dec, 3pm. ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ will be followed by wine & mince pies. In aid of The Peter Trust, which supports a school in East Timor, providing medical treatment & teaching materials. Tickets £5 on the door. Leeds Organ & Keyboard Club meets Wed, 7 – 10pm at Guiseley Factory Workers’ Club, Town St. Guiseley. Friendly environment. Listen to or play the club’s Roland AT900c & Yamaha Tyros 3. Guests welcome. Details: 267 9865 Phoenix Concert Band A community wind band rehearsing Thurs, 7.30 – 9.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane LS16 All players at least Grade 5 welcome – especially brass players. Interested in joining or booking the band? Details: secretary@ or www. ‘Christmas Cheer’ with Phoenix Concert Band Sat 1 Dec, 7.30pm in St Margaret’s Church. A concert of traditional carols & other festive music. Tickets £6 from 226 7757 or on door Players for Pleasure offers playing opportunities to adult amateur musicians. All levels, beginners to advanced. All instruments & all ages over 18. New performers especially welcome. Friendly, informal & supportive atmosphere. Details: www.
 Society of Recorder Players – meets 2nd & 4th Sat pm in Bingley & Headingley. Different conductors take each meeting. Intermediate players, all recorders. New members welcome. Details: Caroline 01943 467348 West Riding Opera has vacancies for chorus members to participate in concerts & staged opera selections. All voice ranges welcome, no audition. Rehearsals Wed, 7.30pm at West Park Centre, Spen Lane. Details: 01274 595978, davewb8@sky. com The White Rosettes Female barbershop chorus (four part unaccompanied harmony), 12 x national champions, rehearse Wed 7.30 – 10pm at Moorlands School, Foxhill Dr, Weetwood Lane, LS16 5PF. Details: Jan Spencer 07852 210640, membership@whiterosettes. Yeadon & District Male Voice Choir Would welcome new members to take them through 54 December 2012 |

to their 100th anniversary in 2013. Rehearsals Thurs 7.45pm at Yeadon Methodist Church (side entrance), next to Yeadon Town Hall. Details: John Atkinson 294 9095 SENIORS Beaus & Belles Christmas Dance Sat 15 Dec, 7.30 – 11pm at Adel Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Adel LS16. Ballroom, Sequence & Fun Dances. Licensed bar, Christmas buffet & raffle. £5 on door. Get your dancing shoes on & dance the night away! Details: Ken 230 1213, Edna 267 9670 Cookridge Luncheon Club meets Wed, 12 – 1.30pm at Cookridge Methodist Church, Tinshill Rd. Hot meal, tea & biscuits for just £4. Good food & good company. Details: Liz 261 0675 Leeds & Bradford Friendship Group meets 1st Wed of month, 1.30pm at Pudsey Civic Hall LS28 5TA. Speaker or entertainment at 2pm. Friendship & activities for people of retirement age. Days out, dining, walks, computers, etc. New members welcome. Details: 258 5955 or 267 5657 OPAL Coffee Afternoon Fri 1.30 – 3.30pm at The Old Post Office, 10 Silk Mill Drive, Cookridge. Details: 261 9103. OPAL Needs YOU! Drivers required. Hours to suit you, or offer regular lifts to activities for local older people: Tues Chair Exercise Group 1.30-2pm & again 3.20 – 3.45; Weds Gentle Exercise Class, 10.30 – 11am & 12 – 12.30pm; Thurs Chair Exercise Group, 1.30 – 2pm & 3.20 – 3.45pm; Fri Coffee Afternoon, 1 – 1.30pm & 3.30 – 4pm. Details: Sally-Anne 261 9103, sally-anne@opal-project., Sequence Tea Dances Mon 2 – 4pm, Bramhope Methodist Church Hall. Everyone welcome. Refreshments & raffle. Details: Marjorie 267 9802. SPIRITUAL Adel Baptist Congregation invites you to Sunday services, 10.30am in Adel Primary School, Tile lane, LS16. Worship style is informal with mixture of contemporary & traditional songs. Also, a variety of day time & evening groups. Details: 275 4989 Adel Methodist Church, corner of Holt Lane & Gainsborough Ave, invites you to Sunday Services at 10.30am. Junior Church also meets at 10.30am

Adel St John The Baptist Sunday 2 Dec, 6.30pm: Archdeacon of Leeds leads Thanksgiving Service for new lighting scheme in Church. Fri 14 Dec, 7.30pm: Christmas Concert. Tickets £5 (incl. mince pie, cheese & wine supper) from Sylvia Halliday (2671708), Beryl Thompson (2673875). 23 Dec 6.30pm: Carol Service. Christmas Eve: Crib Services 3 & 5pm. Midnight Mass 11.30pm. Christmas Day Services: 8 & 10am. 30 December: Services 8 & 10am, & 6.30pm. Bramhope Methodist Church Sundays Services 10am Morning Worship followed by refreshments. 2nd Sun Prayer Breakfast 8.30am. 4th Sun Alive@9 – half hour of informal worship for young families 9am. Evening Communion: 4th Thurs 8pm in Low Room. Morning Communion: 2nd Tues in Low Room. All welcome. Bramhope St Giles Alpha Course Want to know more about Christianity & the meaning of life? Details: www.stgilesbramhope. Catholic Churches Our Lady of Kirkstall parish covers Leeds 16, Horsforth & Kirkstall. Churches: Holy Name, Otley Old Rd (Parish office: 267 8257); Saint Mary’s, Broadgate Lane, Horsforth (Parish secretary: 258 2607); The Assumption, Spen Lane. Parish Priest: Fr PA Smythe M.A.,Ph.D.; Assistant Priest: Fr BK Akpoigbe MSP. www.ourladyofkirkstall. Christian Meditation Group Meets every other Tues, 7.30pm in the Chapel at Trinity & All Saints College, Horsforth. Part of World Community for Christian Meditation. Everyone welcome. Details: 258 3780, www. Cookridge Methodist Church 10.30am Morning Worship. All ages welcome Excellent crèche facilities & refreshments served afterwards. 1st Sun of month: Family Parade Service - informal, friendly worship for all ages. Evening Meditation Classes Ideal for beginners, everyone welcome. Half-day course of guidance for starting, improving & making the most of regular meditation practice. Suitable for those new to meditation & those wishing to improve. £10, including refreshments. Details: 265 8164, Fourth Way Philosophy & Meditation Group “Prepare yourself to play a role exteriorly & interiorly not to identify yourself”

(G.I. Gurdjieff). Meetings in Leeds & Otley. Details: 07814 951231, The Leeds Gurdjieff Society Free Group Meditation Sun 78pm (ex 3rd Sun: 6.30-7.30pm). Experience peace & calm with guided meditations. Brahma Kumaris, West Park. Details: 275 7727, Free Talk ‘Living in the Present… The Perfect Gift’ Fri 7 Dec, 7.30pm at Weetwood Hall, Otley Rd. LS16. No booking required. Details: 275 7727, leeds@, uk/leeds Horsforth Churches Together Advent Service: Sun 2 Dec, 6pm in St James’ Church, Woodside. HCT will be delivering Christmas cards with service details for the holiday period to all homes in LS18. They will also host a Carol Service at the Bandstand in Hall Park on Sat 8 Dec, 4 – 4.30pm. Free hot drinks & mince pies. Details: 258 3521 Learn to meditate FWBO Leeds Buddhist Centre. A contemporary approach to meditation, mindfulness & the Buddhist tradition. Also classes in yoga & bodywork, chronic pain & stress management. Details: 244 5256, Leeds Healing Centre Now at Burley Lodge Centre, 42-46 Burley Lodge Road, LS6. Healing by members of The Healing Trust (NFSH) to aid relaxation & promote wellbeing. Fri 11am – 2.30pm. Healing also at Friends’ Meeting House, Roundhay, Thurs 7 – 8.30pm. Donations appreciated. Details: 07985 121810, 01274 617700, www. Leeds Stillness Group meets Mon 7.30 - 9.30pm at Quaker Friends Meeting House, 136 Street Lane, Roundhay. Based on the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, (The Power of Now & A New Earth). Join like-minded people to watch footage of Eckhart Tolle talk followed by silent meditation. Small donation appreciated. Details: 07884 332644, www. Nine Lessons & Carols Sunday 16 Dec, 6.30pm St Giles Church Bramhope. A Festival of Nine Lessons & carols. Followed by seasonal refreshments, mulled wine & mince pies. Full details of Christmas events & services www. St John the Baptist Church, Adel will be closed until 30 Nov for new lighting to be fitted. Sun 8am & 6.30pm, & Wed services

will be held in the Stables. Sun 10am service will be at St Paul’s, Ireland Wood. Details: www.

Centre, Far Headingley. Entry £2 incl. refreshments & raffle. New members welcome. Details: Pat 0113 275 7694

St Paul’s Church Ireland Wood Advent & Christmas Services: Christingle 4pm 9 Dec; Crib Service 5pm Christmas Eve (children can come dressed as shepherds or kings, carrying toy animals or imitation gifts). Other services as advertised on notice board.

Association of Blind Asians Leeds is looking for volunteers who would like to make a real difference to blind & partially sighted people in Leeds. Volunteers provide a valuable sighted guiding service which reduces isolation & increases the independence of visually impaired people. Details: Sonal 210 3347

Two Christingle Services 3pm & 4.30pm on Christmas Eve at St Giles, Bramhope supporting the Children’s Society. Carols, candles & Christingles – a very special way to start Christmas. Full details of Christmas events & services

Crohn’s & Colitis UK Support for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) & their families in North & West Yorkshire. Regular meetings. Details: 0845 130 6809, Leeds@crohnsandcolitis., www.groups.

The Wharfedale Vineyard Sunday services 10am at Ralph Thoresby School, Holt Park with refreshments). Details: 245 9111

Different Strokes invites stroke survivors to join them. Weds 1.45 – 3.45pm Adel Stables, Back Church Lane, Adel. Includes an hour of exercise. Details: Linda McLean 225 4744


Leeds Coeliac Group Coffee Morning Wed 5 Dec, 10 – 11.30am at Sainsbury’s Coffee Shop White Rose Centre LS11. Great opportunity for a chat with fellow coeliacs – ideal for

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Wharfedale General Hospital Cardiac Club (affiliated with British Heart Foundation) is open to former cardiac patients & their partners. Opportunity to take part in exercise classes under supervision of qualified instructors. Meets Mon, Wed & Thurs at Wharfedale General Hospital. £3. Details: Clive Wilkinson 0113 267 1721 The Yorkshire Cancer Help Centre is now at the Day Therapy Unit, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate two Saturdays each month, offering support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Details: Esme 01423 881392/ Karen 01937 573166, TALKS & DISCUSSIONS Forum 2000 meets Wed, 10am at The Grove Centre, New St. Horsforth. Autumn programme ends with a talk by local & family historian Jacqueline Depelle, ‘Discover Your Family’. On 9 Jan Stuart Andrews will talk about his life as an MP. Details: Hilary Taylor 258 3521, hm.taylor1@

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